Stress can inflame your vagus nerve, along with fatigue and anxiety

The vagus nerve is the longest of you 12 cranial nerves and your diet controls its health.
Eating a high fat, high carb, high junk food diet lowers the sensitivity of your vagus nerve and can interfere with your emotions.

because your gut instincts are real, they are signals that guide you in your daily activities.

Keeping your gut and vagus nerve healthy also influences mental health, it is proven in studies that our mood drops when we take antibiotics, all because they upset your gut health, the microbiome balance (bacteria). There are certain gut microbes that can control some mental health symptoms, supporting the nutrition view of introducing probiotics to your diet.

Probiotics and zinc promote vagus nerve health

Your vagus nerve can be toned and strengthen similar to your muscles, though repair takes time.

Vagus nerve health can influence mental health and wellbeing

Here are some methods to promote healthy vagus nerve activity and improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Mindful Meditation –

when you mindfully meditate you are calming your entire body including your vagus nerve, allowing time for healing. This actively reduces Interleukin-6  which can lower inflammation levels.

Yoga –

stimulates the GABA a neurotransmitter that relaxes you, by dampening the excitable neurons.

Fermented foods –

contain lactobacillus which is a good bacteria, boosts your microbiome and improves gut health and vagus nerve.

I have listed below some resources you might find help you to improve your gut health and wellbeing.

Liquid Chlorophyll: Liquid Sunshine

Health Food shops sometimes offer pH testing, your doctor will do it also. But if you eat a balanced rainbow plate every day, the odds are you are hovering around 7, which is good.

Chlorophyll is the liquid sunshine. Can you remember that photosynthesis experiment at school, where you covered up an area on a plants leave left it in daylight and the next day it was no longer green… well its the chlorophyll in the plants that makes it green, it takes in the suns energy and coverts it to carbohydrates. Chlorophyll also carries oxygen.

So eat as many dark green vegetables as you can to maximise your chlorophyll intake, improve your oxygenation and promote a balanced pH level in your blood.

Liquid Chlorophyll

Liquid Chlorophyll is a preservative-free nutritional drink containing chlorophyll extracted from alfalfa leaves and purified water.

Chlorophyll – the green pigment found in plants – absorbs light from the sun to provide energy for photosynthesis. It is notable for its molecular structure, which is almost identical to human haemoglobin.

We’re often advised to eat our greens, but thanks to Liquid Chlorophyll we can drink them too!

Juara’s Liquid Chlorophyll is completely free from preservatives and artificial colouring; as such, its nutritional content and natural taste are preserved.

Only the highest grade of alfalfa leaves are chosen for extraction.

Who is Liquid Chlorophyll for?

Due to its healthful properties, chlorophyll is a great addition to any nutritional cleanse or detox programme.

Key features:

• 100% natural

• Liquid form for easy absorption

• No preservatives or artificial colouring

• No sugar, salt or additives

• Suitable for vegans and certified Halal

• Stringently manufactured in a self-owned GMP compliance plant

• Supports natural cleansing
If you wish to augment your wellbeing with a nourishing nutritional drink, choose Juara’s Liquid Chlorophyll. The ultra-pure green drink is perfect for everyday use and can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Sleep the best form of meditation

Sleep best healer

Sleep or lack of sleep can cause your entire body to collapse, resulting in chronic fatigue, exhaustion, irritability, anxiety and believe it or not aching joints and general feeling of ‘unwell’

Many of us dismiss a poor nights sleep, linking it to over-tiredness, too much going on, too many disturbances etc, yet few of us actually look deeper to find why we failed to achieve the recommended 8 hours sleep.

Sleep is the best meditation

Today’s technology and heavy work schedules often result in smart phones being the focus of our evening time, as opposed to relaxation and wind down in preparation for sleep. Sleep techniques are regularly sought by those who recognise that lack of sleep is causing them multiple health concerns.

With increased commuting distances, extended work hours we are decreasing the hours we have in our day; and by catching up on social media, checking the emails and playing games we continue to lose hours of vital sleep. Poor sleep can affect overall health and ability to effectively work, as an adult you should be getting 7 – 9 hours a night. However, quality is far more important, uninterrupted sleep is essential to allow your body and brain to reset. During sleep your brain stores memories, sorts information and allows your brain to appropriately respond.

If you are an employer be warned, asking your staff to fill in that extra uncovered shift may cause a negative outcome the following day as function is less effective.

Long term poor sleep quality can increase your risk of developing conditions caused by low immunity  such as eczema and also increase risk of elevated blood pressure and stress.

Your Growth Hormone is key to youth, and this is most active during sleep and exercise. Its role is primarily to increase new muscle cells. However growth hormone also promotes breakdown of fats, improves the function of your pancreas (releases insulin to metabolise carbohydrates), stimulates your immune system reducing your risk of infection. Being over stressed or over weight can result in poor sleep pattern which then impacts on your growth hormones.

Pause for thought: Your growth hormone is also responsible for the raging process of your skin. A good sleep routine helps to promote a youthful look.

Failing to sleep for a minimum of 6 hours every night may cause:

  • Weight gain.
  • Increase your cortisol levels which increases your appetite and fat storage.
  • Increase ghrelin an appetite stimulant
  • Decrease leptin leads to food craving

Tip: Create a bedroom for sleeping.

As identified earlier all elements work together, so imagine this. You use your bedroom as your escape room to complete work, read, write or watch TV. Your mind reacts to this and recognises the bedroom being a place of mental stimulation leaving you wide awake yet desperate to fall sleep.

Stop using your bedroom for any activity that requires focus or a high level of concentration.

  • Find another area in your home for you to use as your escape hole. Use it always, don’t fall back into old habits and use your bedroom for anything other than sleeping. You are reprogramming your mind, but like all changes you have to imprint this by acting out the mental behaviour too.
    So every time you are in your bedroom, say to yourself this is my bedroom, I sleep here and my sleep is powerful, cleansing and renewing.
  • Ensure the room is de-cluttered. A messy room causes a messy mind, as instead of relaxing to prepare for sleep, your mind is considering tiding the room. Ensure you clear the room in the morning, allowing your mind time to readjust for sleep later. It is also a good idea to make your bed properly. Fresh sheets, ironed and smelling welcoming, as opposed to creased week old bedding, all sooth the senses to prepare for sleep.
  • Decoration is important. Calming colour scheme, pictures that provoke calmness all work towards setting the scene for relaxing. There are specific colours that sooth the mind, relax the heart. Pale blues, muddy greens. pale yellows tend to promote calmness and lower the heart rate.You may want to consider redecoration if you do truly struggle with sleep.
  • Aroma is also a powerful tool. Aromatherapy has been practiced for centuries and brings amazing results, consider a natural oil burner. Try Lavender, chamomile, or even Ylang Ylang.
  • Clothing is also important, wear night clothes that allow your body to breathe, lose waist bands and comfortable. Bamboo fibre is soft to the skin, helping to maintain a steady temperature as it allows your skin to breath
  • Most importantly place a pen and note book beside your bed. Before you close your eyes, write down tasks to be completed when you wake. Also many find it beneficial writing down what they have achieved during that day.

You now have the tools to work with to improve your sleep pattern and in turn improve your overall health and wellbeing.


Here are some products you may be interested in to help you get tow work on improving your sleep.






Three Natural ways to Soothe Your Gut

Soothe your Gut naturally.

Soothing your Gut is so important as it directly influences your mental and physical wellbeing. 

The daily pressures many of us experience can cause your gut to tense and become less effective in absorbing those essential nutrients from your food.

Now there are so many varying ways to manage your gut health but today I have chosen to share with you three things I do to soothe my gut.

The following suggestions can be adopted by most and the linked products are suitable for those following a vegan diet.

No matter how healthy or unhealthy your gut is, it will love you for offering it an internal hug. We all know the power of a hug; endorphins are released, serotonin levels increase, anxiety levels fall and your entire body relaxes.

An internal hug is just what your gut needs, and these three items can help you do just that.

1). In a  rush, feel tense in your stomach, bloated and experiencing discomfort?
Go an put the kettle on and make a Yogi Stomach Ease Cuppa.

Yogi Stomach Ease
Soothe your stomach

And discover the soothing relief of stomach ease. 

Whether you are at home, dining out or travelling, a cup of Stomach Ease to help promote healthy digestive function. This delicious wellness tea provides relief when you are feeling bloated or have occasional upset stomach or heartburn. The combination of fennel with liquorice naturally supports gastrointestinal function. The added unique blend of warming herbs, including cardamom, coriander and peppermint, provide additional comfort.

So, don’t get upset when your stomach does, just ease the discomfort with a healing cup of tea.

2). Ditch the dairy and love your oats!
We all know that race horses are fed oats to boost their energy and stamina, oats work the same on you.

Oatly Oat Drink is delicious either alone, in smoothies, sauces or dare I say it coffee!


Oatly Oat Drink
Oatly Oat Drink

Made for the purest oats and free from milk and soya, this Oatly Oat Drink has a smooth flavour and can be used in cooking and baking.


This amazing drink is also available in Chocolate flavour!

3. Time to Turmeric. 
Turmeric is an ancient healer and continues to be popular among those who recognise the power within.

Turmeric natural healer

Organic Turmeric by Suma is perfect for making Turmeric Milk. Why not use the Oatly Oat drink too.

Turmeric Milk Recipe.

There are hundreds of recipes available on the internet. Here is the one I use. 
Turmeric milk is also known as the ‘Golden Cup’ as its a beautiful golden warming colour. It is packed with ant-inflammatory properties.
These quantities make enough to serves 2.


2 cups (470ml) hemp milk, oat milk, coconut milk (I use Oatly oat drink)
1 inch piece of ginger, grated
1/2 tsp  cinnamon
1/2 tsp  turmeric
1/8-1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp coconut oil


Add all the ingredients to a saucepan. Bring to a low boil, then reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 5 minutes. 
Strain through a sieve and enjoy . 

Allow your ‘aha’ moment achieve you lifelong health benefits.

‘Aha’ moments are unique to the individual, yet more often than not, when the ‘aha’ occurs we don’t know where to go to turn it into a reality.





Time after time I witness clients presenting with poor diets, lack of sleep, limited or zero exercise and chronic stress, who confess to trying a variety of pills and potions promising a miracle cure to achieve their goal!

Yet interestingly as soon as I begin to connect with my clients I witness them experience ‘aha’ moments, when they come to realise that whilst medicine may be lifesaving, it can also have a negative effect resulting in obesity, irritability, mood swings, compromised immune system, digestive issues, blood pressure and type II diabetes.

Media reports and glossy magazines remind us daily that the answer to a healthy body and mind is through correct nutrition and exercise, yet many would rather visit the GP to pick up some form of prescribed medicine instead of visit the grocery store to purchase an array of vegetables and fruit. (Do not misunderstand me, prescriptive medicine plays an important part in maintaining health in specific cases, though it can often be used as a quick fix or to mask symptoms rather than provide a cure for the cause of the symptom. At no point in this post am I suggesting you stop taking prescribed medication)

If your cells start to malfunction, your health begins to deteriorate, slowly organ functions become less efficient and symptoms start to show. Allowing your cell health to continue deteriorating can lead to chronic long term illness and disease.

As your body experiences organ inefficiency more symptoms will occur. Disease becomes present. Symptoms will worsen. Many will return to the GP for further medication. Pain continues. Brain fog becomes a daily occurrence. Experience of irritability and moody swings. Difficulty at work,and fulfilling daily functions. Daily living becomes difficult, loss of independence the reliant upon others to provide care.

A chronic disease not only affect the individual put impacts greatly on the family.

What Nutrition Body and Soul provide as an alternative to a prescriptive medication is natural healing from the inside out and outside in. Respecting the body as a collaborative mental and physical system, the management of multiple causes collectively often results in sustainable long term results. Medication can often mask the deep rooted cause; for example pain is heightened when the body is in a tense stress mode, so we take the pain killers to mask the pain in stead of adopting relaxation techniques and the necessary nutrients into our daily routines.

How do Nutrition Body and Soul address symptoms if not through medication? Taking a close look at how to improve gut health, immune cell function, cleanse processes, hormone balance, cell energy efficiency; identified through clients current habits and making positive changes in order to promote health. Getting to the root cause, supporting the client to make the changes and remain determined and focused.

Good health is achieved through the right nutrients and lifestyle choices that are realistic and achievable, all governed by the client. If you are experiencing pain, fatigue, brain fog, stress, obesity, or other concerns, nutritional coaching may be the answer you are looking for.

The changes are decided by you, the food is natural (no need to be a fantastic cook!), exercise is at a level to suit you (simple daily stretches or intense workouts), relaxation therapies are the frames that holds the picture of changes together. I like to use breathing, mindfulness, reflexology, tapping and meditation.

Do you want to regain your health, move more, sleep better, increase your energy? Make the right choice to help your desire of change to stay. Let me help. I run a holistic nutritional coaching programme that has helped many people just like you successfully adopt and sustain lifestyle changes. It can be done. Let’s begin that journey to greater success at sustaining the health behaviours you are trying so hard to adopt.

A brief outline of the programme: It is focused on developing self-belief and strengthening your inner desire for success.
Step 1. Establish what you see as your life purpose
Step 2. What are the reasons for you wanting the change?
Step 3. How do you see your current state of health?
Step 4. How do you manage your health?
Step 5. What/who inspires you?

Delivery of the programme is initially individual consultations with the options to join an on line support group. Sharing successes and how challenges are managed reinforces the inner belief that goals can be achieved and your life reclaimed.

Book your initial FREE video chat with me now